In the following match, a defeated Germany was looking to get back on track with a win against their Matchday 2 rivals, Sweden. In a surprising turn of events, Germany’s lineup did not include Mesut Ozil.
Right from the start, Germany imposed their pressure on Sweden and showed just how much they wanted the win. As strong as Germany appeared to look in the early moments of the match, they were still a vulnerable team, especially on the counter.
Faced with a tough task ahead of them, Sweden was looking to get all 3 points from this match to rest comfortably as either the one or two seed to advance to the Round of 16. Things looked good for the Swedes after a bad pass from the Germany goalkeeper, Manuel Neuer, found its’ way to Toivonen, who chipped it cheekily over Neuer to secure the lead.
Germany continued to be on the offensive with build-up plays of their own in hopes to even the score. However, the Swedish keeper had an outstanding performance and denied shot after shot. Germany’s breakthrough came in the form of a deflection which served itself up on Reus’ knee to break Sweden’s lead and tie things up.
In dramatic fashion, Germany’s Boateng, received a red card in the 82nd minute of playing time due to an accumulation of yellows and was escorted off the pitch. Germany, now playing with 10 men, were more vulnerable and susceptible to attacks now than ever before. In a constant battle for the win, it would be Germany’s Tony Kroos to hand his country the 3 points in the last minute of stoppage time through an expertly taken free kick. Germany are now tied for 2nd place with Sweden in Group F and every team still holds a chance to make it to the next round.
Group F Standings
Mexico: 6 points, 2 goal differential
Germany: 3 points, 0 goal differential
Sweden: 3 points, 0 goal differential
South Korea: 0 points, -2 goal differential
Arturo Principe | @ArturoPrincipe1
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